SerialPort (RS-232 Serial COM Port) in C# .NET

.NET has a great class called SerialPort (MSDN reference) part of .NET 2.0 and is freely available in C# Express on MSDN. It is easy to use.  Hereโ€™s howโ€ฆ BTW, this article is about communicating through the PC’s Serial COM RS-232 port using Microsoft .NET 2.0 or later by using the System.IO.Ports.SerialPort class. If you’re looking for USB info, see here.   Example Application & Sample Code: SerialPort Terminal Prerequisites: You will need Microsoft .NET 3.5 to run the app.  It is installed as part of the regular Windows Updates (make sure your computer is fully up to date, see … Continue reading SerialPort (RS-232 Serial COM Port) in C# .NET

Ballmer Dancing Developers Conference Video

At one of the developer conferences (late 90s, early 2000s?), Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, came out on stage saying ‘Developers’ over 15 times before his voice went out. Being a developer myself, I think this is cool. At the Microsoft company meeting that followed, I remember talk among us employees whether he was going to come out on stage saying another word repeatedly (he didn’t that time). Here they are… Ballmer Saying ‘Developers’ Repeatedly Ballmer Excited at Another Conference Remix of the Two Video Clips w/ MusicThis is really cool! In a geeky way… <!– –>

Ballmer Sells Windows v1.0 TV Video Ad

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, can be seen here in an early days of Microsoft in this TV ad selling Windows v1.0. It is a facinating, and entertaining, video. Get a load of the 286 computer w/ IBM EGA monitor! Wow, that brings back memories… The ‘card filer’ could use some sample data, it isn’t clear what it does here. Looks like the control panel was a bit small in those days. Hehe, I actually remember trying out Reversi. ๐Ÿ™‚

Congrats to Jeffrey Palermo, MCAD

Congratulations to my friend Jeffrey Palermo on becoming a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD)! Jeff’s making great progress on his MS certifications and is headed towards a MCSD & MCT.

US Patent Plaque

Between high school and college (at Texas A&M Univ.), I spent a year in Sandpoint, Idaho, working on a national biomedical smart card system. My Dad was working for a sister company at the same time on a portable home cholesterol monitor which interfaced with the smart card. The company, Lifestream, filed for a US Patent on the cholestoral monitor and medical tracking system and it was granted. It was a great experience working with smart cards and creating a medical record tracking system. Smart cards at the time were desined for financial purposes, so it was a fun challange … Continue reading US Patent Plaque

Bubble Tea

My new favorite treat! Bubble tea is a tasty flavored drink with tapioca pearls in it. Also known as Pearl Tea, the drink comes in a flavored ice slush, milk shake, or tea form, but what really makes it is the squishy tapioca balls! At first glance, it may look strange since the tapioca is colored black (I think so you can see it since all my tapioca is opaque white to clear), and it looks funny going up the thick straw, but it is fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ The best bubble tea in Seattle I’ve found is at Yunnie Bubble Tea … Continue reading Bubble Tea

Microsoft Coding Guidelines

Brad Abrams posted Microsoft’s Internal Coding Guidelines. This is a good read! I’d agree with most everything there. I see a lot of Microsoft code and it sure is good to have consistancy. One thing I differ with, is that personally, I really like not using braces {} for single command blocks (ex: if (x == 2) return false;). When grouping simular members, instead of just // comments, I use #region directives (ex: #region Property Variables … #endregion). Thanks to Jeffrey Palermo for posting about this.

4NT – Powerful Command Prompt + My All-Time Favorite Utility (now Take Command)

Update: 4NT is now called Take Command Update (11/6/2012): My latest review is posted here: Ultimate Windows Command Prompt: Take Command Take Command by JPSoft is, in my humble opinion, one of the best apps ever created. It is a tool for the ‘power user’ who appreciates the power of the prompt (C:\>). ๐Ÿ™‚ It a console command prompt for Windows on steroids. I’ve used this app for over 14 years and it is still the one non-MS app I use more than any other. The History This page in history starts with MS-DOS. Though the history of the command … Continue reading 4NT – Powerful Command Prompt + My All-Time Favorite Utility (now Take Command)

Exploring Ice Caves

This past weekend my friend Vito and I went out backpacking in the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. We left Vitos birthday party Saturday night @ 2am, started hiking @ 3:30am, hiked over snow covered rocks in the dark (w/ headlamps) till 8am, pitched a tent and slept for a few hours, then went on a beautiful trail to some ice caves. It was an adventure! Vito Sabella and I inside the ice cave. I’m standing by a beautiful, large, cold, mountain snow waterfall. A view from inside the ice cave to the world outside.